Move over, Nissan Stadium and Bridgestone Arena; there’s a new kid in town.
Nashville’s newest soccer stadium, GEODIS Park, celebrated its debut match on May 1.
For those planning to attend a Nashville SC home game in 2022, here are the top 5 things to know before heading to GEODIS Park.
1. The GEODIS Park game day experience
GEODIS Park is a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium located just south of downtown Nashville in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. The venue’s 30,000 seats officially make it the largest soccer-specific stadium in the entire United States and Canada.
Despite its large capacity, however, it still manages to offer an intimate view from any seat in the house.
The stadium’s thoughtful design situates fans directly in front of the action, creating a thrilling game-day experience that rivals any major venue. Even the furthest row back receives an up close and personal experience here, measuring just 150 feet away from the action line. Those in the front row are literally only feet from the action.
2. GEODIS Park parking
Since the stadium debuted long after the height of the pandemic, GEODIS Park does not enforce a particular COVID-19 policy. Masks are not required while attending events, nor are fans required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to enter.
Nevertheless, establishing a game plan before heading to a match is as important as ever. And that all starts with deciding on a place to park for the event.
Limited on-campus parking is available in the East Zone and West Zone surrounding the stadium. To secure a spot in either location, parking passes must be purchased ahead of time at the Nashville SC website.
Keep in mind, traffic can become especially dense before and after games. Moreover, there’s a good deal of construction going on outside the stadium due to the ongoing arena build and the Benton/Wedgewood Extension project.
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Reduce game-day stress with alternate travel
Of course, driving in game-day traffic can be a real hassle. If you’re hoping to cut down on stress (or throw back a few adult beverages during the match) consider an alternative form of travel, such as taking the WeGo bus.
Those opting for an Uber or Lyft can find a designated rideshare dropoff and pickup location at the Fair Park parking lot off Craighead Street.
*** Helpful tip: To save time, try walking a few blocks north or south to catch a ride at a less congested corner. ***
If you don’t mind a relatively simple 1.2-mile walk can snag free parking at Fort Negley. This lot opens four hours before each kickoff but does not permit tailgating.
GEODIS also offers bike racks and scooter dropoff locations outside the stadium.
3. Clear bag policy & prohibited items
To ensure a safe atmosphere for event-goers, GEODIS Park enforces a clear bag policy.
Bags measuring a maximum of 12″ x 12″ x 6″ are permitted inside the arena as long as they are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC. A resealable Ziploc bag will also work. A semi-transparent grocery bag, on the other hand, will not. Bags carrying necessities, such as diaper bags or camera bags, are also screened using the same guidelines. The only exceptions to these rules will be made to those with a medical exception.
Small non-transparent bags, wallets and cases are permitted as long as they measure less than 4.5″ x 6.5″.
Regardless of size and content, all bags entering the arena remain subject to inspection.
Before scanning your ticket at one of the venue’s entry kiosks, you’ll advance through arena security, where you’ll pass through a metal detector and be subject to search.
For expedited entry, leave your bags at home.
Bag check available
GEODIS Park offers a bag check location outside the stadium where patrons can store their items for a nominal fee. The service is available two hours prior to the event until 1.5 hours after the event’s conclusion.
Prohibited items, however, will not be accepted for storage. These include:
- Chairs, seat cushions
- Inflatable balls, soccer balls, or any other projectiles
- Mace, pepper spray
- Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
- Illegal substances
- Outside food, beverages and alcohol
- Air horns, noisemakers, whistles
4. Have your mobile tickets ready
Before you arrive at the venue, you’ll want to make sure you have your ticket handy for entry.
To access your ticket, you’ll want to download the Nashville SC app on the App Store or Google Play. Select “Account Manager” and log in by using the same email and password as your Ticketmaster account.
After successfully logging in, select “View Barcode” to bring up a scannable version of the ticket. To prevent issues, Nashville SC highly encourages patrons to add their tickets to Apple Wallet or Google pay in order to view the tickets without a Wi-Fi connection.
Once at the arena, you’ll self-scan your ticket using an available kiosk.
5. GEODIS Park is a cash-free venue
At this point, you should officially be inside GEODIS Park!
But before you get too far into the excitement — there are a few final things to remember.
GEODIS Park is a cashless facility. Its vendors, concession stands, bars and retail shops all accept card and mobile payment only. This means you’ll be able to pay via debit card or credit card.
You can also use your phone to pay by using Apple or Google Pay. You’ll likely already be using one of these apps to access your tickets anyway, so you might as well use it for all your match-day purchases.
Available food and beverage options inside the park include these delicious local favorites:
- Prince’s Hot Chicken
- Lo Siento Tequila
- Rockin’ Dough
- Cumberland Crafts
- Tender Love N’ Cheese
- Mid TN Melts
- Central BBQ
While you’re there, get your swag on by paying a visit to the Nashville SC Team Store, located in the arena’s North Plaza. You can purchase exclusive team merchandise here, and Season Ticket Members receive an extra 10% off all items.
For detailed information on vendor locations, reference this handy dandy stadium map.
Nashville SC betting odds
The next time you attend a Nashville SC event in person this year, make the most of the experience by using a TN sports betting app to wager on the game.
As Nashville SC’s official sports betting partner, Tennessee sportsbook Wagr, will be offering special match betting incentives all season long. In honor of the debut game at the brand new venue, Wagr gave away free swag and offered patrons an exclusive $75 in free bets upon sign-up.
Nashville SC currently ranks No. 6 in the Western Conference and has yet to lose a match at home. So naturally, Tennessee sportsbooks favor them for their upcoming home match on Saturday, June 11 against the Earthquakes.
Nashville’s odds of carrying that winning record all the way to an MLS Cup title are slightly less likely.
According to BetMGM Sportbook TN, they’ve got odds of doing so.